Craig Beyler, arson investigator, Hughes Associates, Inc.
My first exposure to fire was joining a volunteer fire department when I was 16. My father signed me up. He said, 'I made you a member. Do anything about it if you want to.' I did volunteer...
Her husband's murder transformed a young wife into a victims' rights advocate. Will Anna Sowers' activism make Baltimore safer?
Anna Sowers knew something was wrong when her husband didn't respond to news that she'd just spotted Scottie Pippen in a bar. She'd planned this all-girls weekend in Chicago for months. During a...
When the honeymoon is over, can Frederick Bealefeld III be the top cop with the solutions?
Police headquarters is quiet on President's Day, but Frederick H. Bealefeld III is, nevertheless, in his dress uniform, still on the job. He quips that there are no holidays for him anymore as he...
Almost six years after "the best show on TV" began, the man behind the series comes clean about why he did what he did.
“We want to be out of The Wire business,” says the mayor of Baltimore, repeating the affirmation that began this call twenty minutes ago, stalling us in the Safeway parking lot on Boston Street.
Towson's Anne Wallace crusades against identity thieves.
Twice a week, Anne Wallace drives from her Towson home to Baltimore’s Penn Station, and catches the MARC train No. 513 to Washington, D.C.—one of 20,000 commuters who ride the MARC every day. That’s...
For three young cops, the allure is the same: helping people and "getting the situation under control."
It is nearly 2:30 a.m. on a cold Saturday in November when police officers Patrick Dotson and Lynell Green arrive on the scene at what appears to be a domestic disturbance in the Eastern District...
The Baltimore City Police Department’s new second-in-command knows something about being a cop.
In January, Colonel Frederick Bealefeld, 44, was named as the Deputy Commissioner of Operations for the 3,000-officer force. The Anne Arundel County native joined the BPD at age 19, and he comes...
Prefab lockdowns get locked up by Compudyne.
Prefab's all the rage for homes these days. And now, thanks to an Annapolis company, even criminals can do time the trendy way: in prefab jail cells.
Unfortunately—or fortunately, depending on whom...
Baltimore’s ex-con ex-police commissioner has reinvented himself as a rising talk radio star. But if Ed Norris could have any job he wanted, he’d take his old one back.
On clear days, Ed Norris rides his new motorcycle, a Victory Kingpin, to his four-hour radio gig, where he holds forth on everything from the war in Iraq to the Ravens to the city schools.